East Loop reopens after major water main break flooded freeway ABC13. Houston.
Once again I must apologize for #COVID-19 links all over the place, but that’s where we are, isn’t it?
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Coronavirus and its global sweep stokes fear over facts. Experts say it’s unlikely to produce ‘apocalyptic scenario’ USA Today. The “expert” (ugh, but) is Ilaria Capua; pretty good.
Florida won’t release data on coronavirus testing Politico. Because, ya know, totalitarian governments are less effective at fighting epidemics.
New York Is Making Its Own Coronavirus Test After The CDC’s Test Has Repeatedly Failed Buzzfeed. Institutional rot exposed under stress.
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Trump says he can bring in coronavirus experts quickly. The experts say it is not that simple. WaPo. All the way at the end:
It is not easy to persuade a lot of people with specialized skills to suddenly shift to federal service to help respond to a threat, said Shahpar, who now works at Resolve to Save Lives, a global nonprofit that aims to prevent epidemics and deaths from cardiovascular disease.
“They have stable jobs with retirement plans,” he said. “They are not going to quit their job at the university or quit their job in the local government to go join the U.S. federal government for six months because of coronavirus. It doesn’t work like that.”
No, it doesn’t.
Trump was not told coronavirus-infected Americans would be flown home from cruise ship WaPo. Now would be a good time to have a germaphobe President with administrative skills, instead of the President we have.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi says any coronavirus vaccine should be "affordable."
"This would be a vaccine that is developed with taxpayer dollars…We think that should be available to everyone—not dependent on 'Big Pharma.'" https://t.co/fdYqaaGK4E pic.twitter.com/V68xNk3MfT
— ABC News (@ABC) February 27, 2020
Tax-advantaged vaccine savings account, let's do this. https://t.co/puiOyGjMLX
— Michael Tae Sweeney (@mtsw) February 27, 2020
When a Pandemic Meets a Personality Cult Paul Krugman, NYT. The political class should be rooting, with one voice, for the administration to succeed on this issue. But here we are; crabs in a bucket.
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Illness forces the Pope to cancel an event in Rome a day after showing solidarity with coronavirus sufferers and shaking hands with congregation at weekly audience Daily Mail (BC). 83-years-old, past respiratory illness.
1,477 out of 1,766 cases (83%) of the cases are either in Daegu or the surrounding Gyeongsangbuk-do province. Basically all of them are Shincheonji cultists or traceable to them.
— T.K. of AAK! (@AskAKorean) February 27, 2020
Here in the US, we have 2.3 million people in prison. I cannot imagine a way to stop #coronavirus from spreading like wildfire among that population. How will federal, state, & local authorities handle this? Is there additional budget for treating prisoners? What is the plan?
— Jon Stokes (@jonst0kes) February 27, 2020
And, of course, homeless encampments.
Publisher, 2 politicians charged over Hong Kong protests Hong Kong Free Press
Virus enigma: Experts ask why Africa seems to have few cases Agence France Presse8
Impounded sandwiches The Baffler
The Afghanistan ‘peace deal’ riddle Pepe Escobar, Asia Times (KW).
In Lebanon, migrant workers hit by financial crisis Agence France Presse
UK says it will consider walking away from Brexit talks in June Guardian (Vlade). Vlade: “My prediction – no FTA. The sides are way too far apart, and don’t seem really that interested in each other anymore. Given covid, we’re in for a rough ride next year, and I’d say that state interventions will be a must. Which doesn’t portend well for Germany, with its abhorrence on state spending and export orientation.”
Defra confirms reductions in support for farmers DREFA Weekly
Ukraine court forces probe into Biden role in firing of prosecutor Viktor Shokin The Seattle Times (Furzy Mouse).
Trump’s DOJ Interference Is Actually Not Crazy The Atlantic
Democratic Leaders Willing to Risk Party Damage to Stop Bernie Sanders NYT. Worth reading in full….
Pelosi vows House will promote its own ‘non-menacing’ 2020 agenda regardless of presidential nominee The Hill and Nancy Pelosi says she would be comfortable with Bernie Sanders winning the Democratic presidential nomination CNN. Because dental is “menacing.”
Elizabeth Warren Gets Giant Lift From Persist PAC NYT. It certainly is odd that we don’t know who Warren’s SuperPAC donors are, especially in a campaign so committed to transparency.
How To Be a Democrat, According to Republicans The Outline
Bolivia dismissed its October elections as fraudulent. Our research found no reason to suspect fraud. WaPo. Oopsie. Better roll back that coup, I guess.
Our Famously Free Press
MSNBC just destroyed what was left of his kindness Welcome to Hellworld
A 10-year-old boy was accidentally shot by his babysitter while she was taking selfies with a gun, police say CNN. Life’s little ironies…
Mass shooting victims face large uncovered medical and long-term care costs Modern Healthcare. From 2017, still germane.
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Pentagon promises to use artificial intelligence for good, not evil Military Times. Oh.
Debtors of the World, Unite! Boston Review
Socks, underwear require ‘additional security’ at this Minnesota Walmart Bring Me The News (CL). No doubt face masks, hand sanitizer, rubbing alchohol, etc. will be locked up soon, if they have not already been.
NGOs and The Judges Of The ECHR, 2009-2019 (PDF) European Centre for Law and Justice (MT)\. “NGOs have an increasing influence on and within international institutions, particularly within the human rights protection system. This report shows that at least 22 of the 100 permanent judges who have served on the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) between 2009 and 2019 are former officials or collaborators of seven NGOs that are highly active before the Court. Twelve judges are linked to the Open Society Foundation (OSF) network, seven to the Helsinki committees, five to the International Commission of Jurists, three to Amnesty International, and one each to Human Rights Watch, Interights and the A.I.R.E. Centre. The Open Society network is distinguished by the number of judges linked to it and by the fact that it funds the other six organisations mentioned in this report.” • Not like Bloomberg is the only squillionare buying up institutions.
Antidote du jour:
One reason cats and rabbits tend to get along is that for cats, grooming others is a sign of high status, but for rabbits, being groomed is a sign of high status.
Thus, each of these cuties is thinking "I'm the boss": pic.twitter.com/6sp6r9hWA7
— Noah Smith 🐇 (@Noahpinion) February 26, 2020
Sea other trying to sleep on mom! How cute is this🐳🐬 pic.twitter.com/2YPabmZOnU
— 😺Animal planet 😾 (@animal5588) February 28, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.